Summer Wedding at Lucerne Park | Whitney & Ben

Whitney and Ben tied the knot with a beautiful summer wedding at Lucerne Park earlier this month! Their love story is one for the books, and I was so excited to get to share in this special day with them.

bride and groom touch noses after wedding ceremony at Lucerne Park

Ben first noticed Whitney when he was a student at University of St. Francis, where he studied nursing. During a skills day that the faculty put together, Ben turned to a friend and pointed at Whitney, asking who she was. His friend replied, “That’s Professor Gradeless…” Ben began coming to her office just to chit chat, as Whitney shared, and after he graduated with his degree in nursing, he would text her interesting cases of patients he had seen in the field.

But in 2019, they started dating, and the rest was history. Whitney said that Ben had lent her his coat when she was cold one day, and she felt the ring box in the breast pocket of his coat. Another time while Whitney’s daughter Mya was searching for something for her brother, she popped up with the ring box in hand and said, “What’s this?!”

Finally, in March 2020, Ben got down on one knee in their home while the kids were upstairs, and he asked Whitney to marry him. Mya came downstairs saying something, and Whitney turned to her and said, “What do people normally do when they are down on one knee?” and Whitney said Mya crept back up the stairs to her room. So while the road to the proposal was paved with lots of pop-up surprises, it did not take away any of the special moments that came when Ben really popped the question and Whitney said yes!

They planned a beautiful summer wedding at Lucerne Park in the amphitheater there. No one could have anticipated it would have been the hottest day of the year yet, but even with the blazing heat, these two looked absolutely radiant as they exchanged vows and pledged to spend the rest of their lives together.

They included both of Whitney’s children – Mya and Eli – in the celebration, and Mya loved getting to toss glitter as she walked down the aisle as the flower girl.

Whitney and Ben celebrated with their closest family and friends at Whitney’s friend’s new restaurant Cafe Liefde in Syracuse, Indiana after the ceremony. It is a charming restaurant to open in July 2021, and it was so fun to get to check it out for Whitney and Ben’s reception. These two had the very best food and drink, and they shared a dance together to celebrate their new marriage before the evening was over.

I had a blast being a part of this special day with the two of you, and I wish you both all the best. Enjoy your sneak peeks!

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